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Band Shell Canopy fundraiser concert raises money for project

La Crosse, Wis. (WXOW) – Saturday is night two of the band shell concert inside La Crosse’s Cavalier Theater and organizers are hoping the community shows up in full.

“Last night was very good, the bands were fantastic. Even with the snow, we had a very good crowd. Today we expect a great crowd. We have some of the best bands in La Crosse playing today, so it’s gonna be an exciting afternoon here at the Cavalier,” Terry Bauer, the Moon Tunes coordinator said

They’re taking donations instead of admission. All money raised will fund the new Band Shell Canopy project, which will allow for more concerts in La Crosse’s Riverside Park, protecting performers from potential rain.

Bauer says the canopy is nearing fruition, but nothing can happen without community support first.

“We went right to the community first with our design and to get their input. We learned from other projects in La Crosse that we need the grassroots on our side to get through City Hall,” he added.

The city sent project plans back for modification just last Thursday, asking that the canopy stand independently from the base structure. You can read more about that vote here.

Fundraising for the canopy project is more than halfway done and this weekend’s benefit is expected to put a dent in what’s left. In addition to the public’s contributions, the Cavalier Theater is also matching donations up to $10,000.

All bands performing are doing so free of charge. In fact, Bauer says they had so many offers, they even had to turn performers away.

To see the full up, check out the concert’s Facebook page.

Amber Meyer

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